External Scholarships and Awards

The External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center helps students find and apply for merit-based external scholarships and awards. This funding is not directly applied towards Binghamton University tuition, but rather, is funding typically for research programs and specified degree programs and career paths. The funds awarded support these research programs or contribute to graduate or professional school pursuits.

(Internal scholarships refer to scholarships that go directly toward Binghamton University tuition. Internal scholarships are typically handled by the financial aid office. The Financial Aid office is located in the admissions building and can be reached at finaid@binghamton.edu.)

Our office maintains a database of external awards that we update twice annually. The Scholarships and Other Award Resources database contains opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students and, along with scholarships, includes fellowships, grants, research and internship opportunities, essay contests, and more.

We are here to help you navigate the world of fellowships and awards. Our Research and Scholarship Advisors are available to meet with you daily during scheduled walk-in and appointment hours. Our advising team will help guide you through the application process, start to finish. Information about walk-in and appointment advising hours can be found on our contact page.

Here is a list of some of our more popular external scholarship opportunities and the scholarship advisor to contact for more assistance. See our Scholarship Quick Guide for additional insights into the opportunities and when to apply. 

Award Name Campus Deadline National Deadline University Nomination Required Scholarship Advisor

Boren Scholarships (for undergrads);

Boren Fellowships (for grads)

N/A Late January (for both Scholarships and Fellowships) No

Education Abroad (primary);

Beth Polzin (secondary)

Critical Language Scholarship N/A Tuesday of the week before Thanksgiving (annually) No Beth Polzin
Fulbright Summer Institute  N/A Early February (annually) No Elisa A Camiscioli
Fulbright US Student (ETA and Research)  Sept 1 (annually) Mid-October (annually) Yes Elisa Camiscioli
Gaither Junior Fellows  Dec 1 (annually) January 15 (annually) Yes Stephen Ortiz
Gates-Cambridge Scholarship  N/A Based on eligibility (see webpage) No TBA
Goldwater Scholarship Nov 15 (annually) Early January (annually) Yes Susan Flynn
Hollings Scholarship (NOAA)  N/A January 31 (annually) No TBA
Humanity in Action N/A Early February (annually) No TBA
Knight Hennessey (Stanford) Sept 15 (annually) Mid-October (annually) No TBA
Luce Scholarship Sept 15 (annually) Mid-October (annually) Yes Beth Polzin
Marshall Scholarship Sept 5 (annually) Late Sept (annually) Yes Stephen Ortiz
Mitchell Scholarship Sept 5 (annually) Late Sept (annually) Yes Stephen Ortiz
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Sept 22 (annually) mid-October (see solicitation for deadlines by field) No Beth Polzin
NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates N/A Mid-January to mid-March (annually) No Susan Flynn
Paul & Daisy Soros N/A Late October (annually) No TBA
Payne International Development Fellowship N/A Late October (annually) No

Available Advisor

Pickering Foreign Affairs Program N/A Mid-Sept (annually) No

Available Advisor

PPIA Summer Institute N/A Mid-November (annually) No Available Advisor
Rangel Graduate Fellowship N/A Late September (annually) No Available Advisor
Rangel Summer Enrichment Program N/A Mid-February (annually) No Available Advisor
Rhodes Scholarship Sept 15 (annually) Early October (annually) Yes TBA
Schwarzman Scholars N/A Mid-Sept (annually) No Beth Polzin
SUNY Upstate Medical Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) (for undergrads) TBD late Feb (annually) Yes Susan Flynn
SUNY Upstate Medical Ph.D. and Prep-Up (post-bacc) N/A check the website No Susan Flynn
Truman Scholarship Dec 4 (annually) Early February (annually) Yes Stephen Ortiz
Udall Scholarship N/A early March (annually) Yes Beth Polzin
Urban Fellows N/A Mid-January (annually) No Available Advisor

In addition to external awards, our office oversees internal merit-based awards such as the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence, and the Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Research. See a list of current and past student award winners.

Curious to see an external scholarships info session from a few years back? Check out this recording: